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A former Dutch footballer’s design has been selected for the ‘Mind the Gap’ campaign, which aims to help athletes transition to a new career.

Dennis Iliohan played for teams including ADO Den Haag during a 17-year football career before setting up his own design business from his kitchen.

(In the picture, he is in action against FC Barcelona in a preseason friendly match in 1996.)

His business has since grown and he devised the ‘Mind the Gap’ logo with his small team in Hillegom, the Netherlands. The logo compares the career progression of male and female footballers to Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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“I am delighted our logo has been chosen,” Iliohan, 46, said. “This is a campaign that means a lot to me because the transition from football to a new career is something I have experienced myself.”

FIFPro is working with 14 partners on `Mind the Gap’, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Earlier this year, we invited former players working in design to submit a logo proposal.

Former Sweden national team goalkeeper Carola Soberg and Romanian semi-professional Bogdan Teleaba also made the shortlist. Soberg’s design was influenced by football club crests and university badges, while Teleaba created a design reflecting the speed of a football match.

The ‘Mind the Gap’ project partners were impressed with each of the shortlisted designs.

At a meeting at FIFPro’s headquarters in the Netherlands, they selected Iliohan’s design as the best fit for the campaign.

Click here for more information about 'Mind the Gap'.